If you are interested in
learning more about our education programs, contact:
Whitney Heckler, Director of Educational Services at WHeckler@ellentroutzoo.com
or Taylor Galaviz, Zoo Educator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Internships are offered at Ellen Trout Zoo year-round, and they are a great way to get college credit or on-the-job experience opportunities!
Click Here to Register, beginning April 13, 2021
For more information, contact
Whitney Heckler, 936-630-0574.
Check our Facebook page for updated information
on events and educational programs!
Critter Classification (going into first or second grade)
Discover the slinky, furry and fluffy critters of Ellen Trout Zoo and around the world. Campers will come face-to-face with creatures\
great and small, play games, be creative with animal crafts and explore their zoo!
Wild Detectives (going into third and fourth grade)
Become Eco-explorers and investigate endangered animals and their endangered wild homes. Campers will meet rare and endangered
animals, go behind-the-scenes and discover ways to help conserve and protect our animal friends.
Zoo Engineers (going into fifth and sixth grade)
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you ran the zoo? Campers will design exhibits for their favorite zoo animals, set up and take touch carts throughout the zoo, develop and enrichment project and more.
Jr. Zookeeper Work Areas
Jr. Zookeepers: 2021
Application and Teacher Recommendation due . . . . March 19th 2021
Essay due . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . March 19th, 2021
If contacted for one, interviews will be held . . . April 9th & 10th, 2021
Zoo Animal Classifications
This area includes – big cats, rhinos, giraffe, clinic
animals and some others.
includes – primates, Asian section of the zoo minus
sloths, tamarins, otters, courtyard birds, king
vulture and small bats.
This area includes the reptiles and amphibians in the small
animal building, alligators, Galapagos tortoises, Komodo
Dragons, Siamese and Nile crocodiles and large Asian
This area includes – Hippos, tapirs, deer, African Aviary, African
tortoises and the waterfowl pool.
The Ellen Trout Zoo has a brochure available describing the
venomous snakes found in East Texas. The PDF brochure
is available in both
Spanish. The brochure was written by Gordon
Henley, Zoo Director and is illustrated with photographs by
Celia Falzone, General Curator. Editorial assistance
was provided by J. Colin Crawford, Education Assistant.
The brochures provide written and photographic descriptions
of the 5 species of venomous snakes found in Angelina
continues to be an integral part of the Ellen Trout Zoo's
statement of purpose. Ellen Trout Zoo began offering
formalized educational programs in 1977 to schools in the
East Texas area. This important educational resource
has expanded its role and offerings over the past years to
include a broad spectrum of both formalized and informal